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May 12, 1999
Rule-Making Notice

as it appears in 5 daily Maine newspapers


NOTICE OF STATE RULE-MAKING
Public Input for Proposed and Adopted Rules
Notices are published each Wednesday to alert the public regarding state agency rule-making. You may obtain a copy of any rule by notifying the agency contact person. You may also comment on the rule, and/or attend the public hearing. If no hearing is scheduled, you may request one -- the agency may then schedule a hearing, and must do so if 5 or more persons request it. If you are disabled or need special services to attend a hearing, please notify the agency contact person at least 7 days prior to it. Petitions: you can petition an agency to adopt, amend, or repeal any rule; the agency must provide you with petition forms, and must respond to your petition within 60 days. The agency must enter rule-making if the petition is signed by 150 or more registered voters, and may begin rule-making if there are fewer. You can also petition the Legislature to review a rule; the Executive Director of the Legislative Council (115 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, phone 207/287-1615) will provide you with the necessary petition forms. The appropriate legislative committee will review a rule upon receipt of a petition from 100 or more registered voters, or from "...any person who may be directly, substantially and adversely affected by the application of a rule..." (Title 5 Section 11112). World-Wide Web: Copies of the weekly notices and the full texts of rule chapters may be found on the World-Wide Web at: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rcn/apa/ depts.htm.


PROPOSALS

AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 332, Maine Medicaid Eligibility Manual - Medicaid Coverage for Disabled Individuals who are Working
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 99-P85
CONCISE SUMMARY: This coverage group includes individuals who meet the SSI standard for disability and who have earnings subject to federal tax withholding but are not eligible for Medicaid under any other coverage group. These individuals may buy into Medicaid by paying a monthly premium if the specific requirements of this coverage group are met. This is an SSI related coverage group using SSI related rules for treatment of income and assets, however, there are income and asset limits specific to this coverage group. Basically this is a group who, except for their earnings and assets, would be eligible for Medicaid.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 MRSA 3173
PUBLIC HEARING: A Public Hearing is scheduled for June 2, 1999, at Jewett Hall Auditorium, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: June 14, 1999.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Barbara Feltes, Medicaid Program Manager, Department of Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence, 11 State House Station, Whitten Road, Augusta, ME 04333-0011
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (207) 287-5088
TTY: (207) 287-6948 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)


AGENCY: 09-137 - Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 14, Commercial Whitewater Rafting
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 99-P86
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife proposes to amend the rules pertaining to commercial whitewater rafting as a result of Public Law 730, which adopted long-range changes in the methods by which whitewater rafting trips are allocated. In addition, the testing process and prerequisites for applicants to be tested for guiding whitewater trips is being amended. A copy of the proposed rules may be obtained from the Agency Contact Person.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 M.R.S.A Sections 7035, 7361-7369
PUBLIC HEARING: June 2, 1999, Augusta Civic Center, Lincoln Room, 7:00 p.m.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: June 14, 1999
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Andrea Erskine, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0041
TELEPHONE: 287-5201


AGENCY: 94-457 - Finance Authority of Maine
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 611, Maine College Savings Program (Amendment)
RULE NUMBER: 99-P87
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule amendment is intended to facilitate the administration of the program by clarifying the intent of the Authority and allowing for the accommodation of anticipated future technological and legal requirements. This rule amendment will also provide for greater consistency and clarity with regard to the assessment of penalties and removes a requirement which may have unnecessary adverse consequences on the estates of program participants.
THIS RULE AMENDMENT WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 MRSA 969-A; 20-A MRSA l1485
PUBLIC HEARING: None; one would be scheduled at the request of 5 or more persons.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: June 14, 1999.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Elizabeth L. Bordowitz, General Counsel, Finance Authority of Maine, PO Box 949, 83 Western Avenue, Augusta, Maine 04332-0949
TELEPHONE:
(207) 623-3263 (Voice)
(207) 626-2715 (TDD)
(207) 623-0095 (FAX)
E-MAIL: beth@famemaine.com


ADOPTIONS

AGENCY: 90-351 - Workers' Compensation Board
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 2, Section 213 Compensation for Partial Incapacity; Section 2 Extension of 260-week limitation subsection 2, and Section 4 Reimbursement from the Rehabilitation Fund subsection 2.
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 99-201
CONCISE SUMMARY: The rule provides a 52-week extension for partial incapacity benefits pursuant to 39-A M.R.S.A. Section 213(4).
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 1999
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Julia A. Finn, General Counsel
AGENCY NAME: Workers' Compensation Board
ADDRESS: 27 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0027
TELEPHONE: 207-287-7094


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